The Basic Idea
This experience is all about finding examples of rhythm from your surroundings, e.g. a ticking clock or a noisy washing machine. Or, if you’re outside, a pedestrian crossing or birdsong.
Over to You, Wee One
Try and capture some of the rhythms you find by recording them on your phone. When you get home take it in turns to guess/rmember what the sounds are.
- Rhythm helps build literacy and numeracy
- Builds curiosity about their community or local area – good for helping them understand the world around them
- Listening skills – great for speech development
- Tap out the rhythms of different sounds you found – are you pretending to be a clock? A radiator?
- Can you play musical statues with your sounds? For example, move in time with the noises from your washing machine but pause when it stops.
Start as small as pointing out birdsong or beeping pedestrian crossings on your walk – it doesn’t matter if they don’t engage straight away! No matter how small scale you make this experience, your wee ones are still learning about the world around them.